ABOUT ME

I was born in a small town in Southern Arizona and the majority of my childhood was spent in Tucson. After high school, I went to Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, where I graduated with two BAs in Theatre (acting, directing) and Sociology (social injustice, intimate relationships.) I then moved to India to teach social and emotional skills through Theatre and Dance with Artists Striving to End Poverty. I worked with them again in Florida, the Philippines, and New York City before I landed in Washington D.C. Six years ago, I moved to Seattle. There I worked as a nonprofit administrator, freelance teaching artist, actor, intimacy director, and choreographer. I am the founder and lead producer for the storytelling event and podcast she is FIERCE: stories from the female and genderqueer perspective, and a founding member of HERON ensemble, a multidisciplinary theatre collective. Most recently, I have relocated to the east coast as of August 2019. When I am not working, you can find me spending time with my chosen and biological family, in a kayak or on a mountain, in a dance class, traveling to places that challenge and interest me, or cuddled up on my couch with my kitten. Ways I identify include: biracial / mixed race, Latine or Latinx / Cuban / Hispanic, white / American, Queer, pansexual/bisexual, and as a cisgender woman.

CREATIVE philosophy

My work is focused in:

  • Physical storytelling

  • Emotional health

  • Human connection

  • Empowerment

  • Social justice and awareness

  • Personal autonomy

I fiercely believe in:

  • Interdisciplinary and intersectional art making and teaching

  • The arts as a device for facilitating empathy, healing, growth and social change

  • The power of silliness and humor 

  • The value of failure and flaw

  • Physical/emotional/mental safety in art

  • The concept that it is part of my job as an artist and educator to help decolonize and equalize institutions that have contributed to the oppression of marginalized populations, and to amplify voices of groups and individuals that have previously been silenced